The Kulas Concert Series presents the world premiere of Christopher Shultis' percussion opera Lost in the Woods, based on nature and civil disobedience texts by Henry David Thoreau, written for Stacey Mastrian in collaboration with the Akros Percussion Collective and artist Hee Sook Kim. This event is part of the celebration of the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth.
Stacey Mastrian performs the U.S. premiere of Agostino DiScipio's Tiresia for poetic reader and electronics, with artwork to be projected on a 60' x 20' video wall -- inspired by the dualities of Tiresias (a blind seer, a man who spent seven years as a woman), the work focuses on tragedies from around the world: a landslide in a garbage dump near Manila, which killed hundreds of impoverished Philippinos; a fire in a doll factory in Thailand which killed 500 young girls working there; secret nuclear experiments in the Western world on unaware civilians and military personnel; the traffic of human organs, mostly from children, between Brazil and the United States; and the unburied dead from wars -- new works by Mike Boyd and Stephen Lilly for performer and electronics, and a version of Alvin Lucier's Chambers.
Sponsored by Second Inversion, as part of KING FM’s “On Stage” series.
The Ecco Chamber Ensemble illustrates the vital role that water plays in our basic survival and in our art. Its references pervade music and poetry throughout the ages, and its imagery appears in many forms: water, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, seas, oceans, rain, fog, mist, dew, clouds, snow, ice, springs, fountains, waterfalls, floods, drops, showers, wells, lagoons, canals, harbors, coasts, soaking, bathing, swimming, wading, crying, weeping, drinking, thirst, tears, sobs, and more. This program features works by Apziazu, Cage, Cardew, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, DeLio, Fauré, Lilly, Lucier, Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Vaughan Williams, Wilson, and the premiere of H2O by Seattle composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte.
This event will benefit causes related to the water crises on our planet.
Stacey Mastrian opens for pianist Jesse Myers' Living in America event, performing works for voice with electronics and piano by two generations of American composers: the venerable Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, and Alvin Lucier, and the current generation—Mike Boyd, Stephen Lilly, Kristian Twombly, and Steve Wanna. As visually arresting as they are aurally, the pieces ask us to consider “What is a score?” and reveal the inner voices of the performer-as-composer, from meditative to humorous and theatrical.
The Ecco Chamber Ensemble, a trio composed of soprano Stacey Mastrian, flutist and composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte, and guitarist and composer Mark Hilliard Wilson—which builds concerts around the intersection of art and social change—caps off their inaugural season with a program focusing on works that protest the senseless violence in our world and light the way toward peace. Joining them on this concert will be Storm Benjamin (percussion), Aaron Holmes (trumpet), and Josh Archibald-Seiffer (piano).
The concert features the world premiere of Stephen Lilly's improvisatory work Shifting Power — inspired by the current political situation, a new work by Sarah Bassingthwaighte commemorating poets and scientists executed by Stalin, a percussion piece by Storm Benjamin commemorating victims of gun violence, a work by Steve Wanna that examines group dynamics, and works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Almer Imamovic, Federico García Lorca, Luigi Nono, Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Arnold Schoenberg, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward Americans for Responsible Solutions.
The Ecco Chamber Ensemble, a trio composed of soprano Stacey Mastrian, flutist and composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte, and guitarist and composer Mark Hilliard Wilson—which works to build concerts around the intersection of art and social change—representing Second Inversion, performs at the Center Theater in the Seattle Center Armory on the opening evening of the festival. Featuring works from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Turkey, and the U.S., including the world premiere of Stephen Lilly's Shifting Power.
Experience award-winning soprano Stacey Mastrian and pianist Josh Archibald-Seiffer in an intimate evening of art song. Satire, love sought-after and spurned, nature as simile, and other surprises in beloved songs by Gabriel Fauré, Franz Schubert, and Hugo Wolf, and rarities by Alfredo Casella, Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Bruno Maderna, and Arnold Schoenberg.
Stacey Mastrian, soprano, and Josh Archibald-Seiffer, piano, perform gorgeous and humorous art songs by Alfredo Casella, Gabriel Fauré, Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Bruno Maderna, Arnold Schoenberg (from Cabaret Songs), Franz Schubert, and Hugo Wolf at this Groupmuse.
The Ecco Chamber Ensemble—Stacey Mastrian, soprano; Mark Hilliard Wilson, guitar; and Sarah Bassingthwaighte, flute—present a program that features compelling, beautiful and challenging music that explores the role of technology, our humanity, isolation, self-image, and the age-old dilemma of following one’s heart. The program features songs by Robert Beaser, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, John Dowland, Gabriel Fauré, Christoph Gluck, Frederic Hand, Deirdre Lynds, Louis Sauter, and Franz Schubert, as well as the premiere of Mark Hilliard Wilson’s Instagram Lieder.